FILES TIES UP DEAL TO RACE IN GERMAN TOURING CARS
Renault Clio Cup star Josh Files will graduate into German touring car racing this season after inking a deal with the Opel-supported Target Competition team.
Files, 25 from Norwich, has signed to race one of the squad’s new Opel Astras in the new ADAC TCR German Series this year. The championship is an offshoot of the TCR International Series and takes place across seven rounds within and around Germany.
Target Competition won both the drivers’ and teams’ TCR International Series titles last term running Swiss Stefano Comini in a SEAT Leon.
Files claimed the Renault UK Clio Cup and Clio Eurocup championships in 2013. He finished third in the Italian Clio Cup last season before making his TCR debut in Macau last November with Campos Racing.
“My aim has been to break into touring cars in Europe for the last few years and my mentor [triple World Touring Car champion] Andy Priaulx helped me get to Macau last year and that race got me noticed,” said Files. “The chance with Target Competition has come about through that and it’s massively exciting because they are essentially a pseudo-factory team for Opel.
“The German racing scene is so strong at the moment with a lot of manufacturer activity so to be able to go into a new championship like ADAC TCR with the chance to do well gives you a great chance to carve out a career with a brand.”
The new ADAC Germany series is expected to boast a 25-car grid this year. Files has yet to test the new Astra, but said it was a step forward from the older Campos car he raced near the top 10 in Macau before suspension failure put him out.
“The new Astra is a great piece of kit,” he added. “It’s got much more sophisticated aero and Opel has done a lot of parts testing to ensure durability. It should be an exciting season.”